I’m a textile artist, creating abstract pieces, ‘fragments’ saturated with colour and stitch to highlight the beauty found in the processes of ageing and decay.
I studied at Manchester Metropolitan University where I gained a BA (Hons) in Embroidery and a Master’s Degree in Textiles. Then I lectured at a college, teaching adults and pre-degree students Art and Textiles, whilst gaining a post-graduate certificate in teaching (P.G.C.E). In 2007 I left teaching and this gave me the freedom to pursue my passion for textile art full-time.
The main emphasis of my work is texture and surface, strongly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of
Wabi-Sabi. I use photography to record my inspiration found amongst the unseen and overlooked of everyday life. I’m interested in the relationship between the natural elements and the man-made, such as that resulting from erosion and human use.
Working intuitively, and experimenting with materials and a variety of techniques, marks, textures and colours are exaggerated, intensified to reveal detail and complexity. Pieces can take several weeks to create.
Evolving organically, built up with layers; into abstract forms that hover between object and image.
I have exhibited nationally and international and have undertaken private commissions as well as been included in several books and magazines.
I am also a member of the international textile group QuiltArt.
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